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Basically Basie Big Band @ Sweetwater

July 14, 2013

Is this cool or what? Brian Clancy returns for a brief time and leads the B(4) until Devin Eddleman returns from playing in Disneyland‘s All American College Band.

Bloody Marys are the special tonight.

Bloody Marys are the special tonight.

Tonight (7-9 p.m.) at Sweetwater Grill & Tavern, 115 S. Elm St., Denton, the 18-member big band will squeeze onto the Sweetwater Patio Stage, swinging tunes from Count Basie (basically).

Brian sent the word out via Facebook – “Sweetwater has a great dining menu and all sorts of concoctions. Happy-hour specials run from 4-7 p.m., so come and grab a seat early!”

(Oh, and since the 100+ temperatures have given way to 67-72 with clouds and rain, bring  – dare I say? – a jacket or sweater.) Can you believe this is July in Texas!!???


Basically Basie Big Band members are: Rhythm – Austin Byrd, Lane Garner, Jake Greenburg, Justin Heaverin; Saxes – Brian Clancy, Weston Tyler, Derek Ficken, Chris Milyo, Neils Rosendahl, Spenser Liszt; Trombones – Nick Laufer, Dillon Garrett, Matt Jefferson, Eric Andress; Trumpets – Thomas Eby, Jake Boldman, Kevin Swaim and Pete Clagett.

You may notice that band members are University of North Texas Jazz Studies students or graduates.

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